Helen Williams, Riverton’s 2014 July 4th Parade Marshal, was the most photographed African-American fashion model of the 1960s. She studied art after she retired and completed dozens of paintings by 1985.
We invite anyone with more information or examples of Ms. Williams’ artwork to contact us. -JMc, Editor
Born in Philadelphia, Mike Fosbenner has defined himself as an artist since childhood. He’s always had an active imagination. Mike graduated at the top of his class at the Hussian School of Art Class of ’78 and received further classical training from drawing and painting instructors at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Mike moved to Riverton in 1985 to start a family. Watercolors began as a hobby and soon became a professional interest.
We never tire of seeing images of Riverton’s iconic Yacht Club and this one is exceptional.
Mike generously donated his considerable artistic talent in the design and production of the stage sets for Riverton School’s Variety Show for an amazing 19 years! (1993-2012)
He designs trade show exhibits where he works as Senior Exhibit Designer at Art Guild, Inc. in West Deptford.
Mike’s hobbies are creating instruments from found objects, sculptures of wood, metal, gems, and glass, and origami architecture.
Mike offers several giclee art prints of his remarkable works, in different sizes, at Tillie’s Trinkets & Treasures at Broad and Main. Call owner Patrice O’Neill-Rybeck at 856-829-1380 for more details. -JMc, Editor
Rosemary Alice Hutchins of Cinnaminson studied art at Syracuse University, as well as privately throughout her adult life. A member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and several other local artists’ organizations, she produced lively impressionistic watercolors, including many of Riverton.
Her daughter, Susan Mauloni, recounts that she still has the first watercolor of the Riverton Yacht Club that her mother painted in 1973. Mrs. Hutchins painted it on-site in about 30 minutes on the hood of the family car. Susan explains, “Watercolorists do not use easels, the water just runs down the paper.”
The May 5, 2002,New York Times art review column by Fred B. Adelson summarized the results of the Perkins Center popular juried watercolor exhibition. Mr. Adelson wrote:
”Sunday Morning in Riverton,” by Rosemary Hutchins of Cinnaminson, who was one of the 10 winners of the juror’s award, captures bright sunlight as it shines on the wood-framed houses and the laundry blowing on the clothesline. The subject suggests a bygone era, and its classic application of transparent layers of color on white paper even brings to mind the late-19th-century American masters of the medium.
Through Cinnaminson Art Workshops, Rosemary hosted well-known artists from around the country to teach local artists. She had a sunny studio at her home in Cinnaminson where she loved instructing 25 students each week there, right up until her passing at age 67 in 2006.
Thanks to the generosity of Susan Mauloni, two images of her mother’s paintings beautify HSR mug designs. -JMc, Editor
From her 2015 obituary: She was born in Palmyra, NJ on October 13, 1915, and lived in the South Jersey area her whole life. She was one of Riverton’s prominent artists, was an art teacher, and designed costumes for the local playhouse, Footlighters.
We welcome additional information and images that might add to this short entry. -JMc, Editor
Donna Gorman VanHoy has been a resident of Riverton since 1986. She serves as Arts Creative Co-Chair for the Porch Club. Donna is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she cultivated her interest to paint in a realistic manner.
You may have seen her work in one of the eleven area Designer Show Homes in which she participated. Recent works have been still life paintings and portraits of children.
Visit her website for her contact information and to view her online portfolio consisting of fine artwork, decorative paintings, and murals executed in watercolors, oils, acrylic, and pencil. -JMc, Editor